Question about Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer
I read your posting on June 28 with the same title "knocking."--I have the exact same problem. I have not done anything yet, as I first wanted to ask you if there would be any difference in my case--I DO NOT have the above listed model. My Whirlpool Duet is Model:GHW9100LQ1 Serial: CSP1611627. The only thing I would add is that lately I have been setting it to "Medium" spin, as opposed to the highest spin cycle, and it seems to help considerably--however the detergent and softener bottles that sit atop the machine still move about quite a bit. Is there any difference in how I go about this, having the different model #? and also, would I be removing the top panel off, or the actual entire back panel? I am familiar only with the bottom panel removal. Thank you so much.
You could try holding the pulley with one hand and trying to rotate the drum back and forth to see if there is any movement between them. During my 20+ years in engineering, I have come across circumstances where this will make a noise. What happens is the drive is imparted to the drum, which them accelerates and overtakes the pulley slightly. As the pulley then gets accelerated, it creates a kind of back and forth whiplash between the pulley and drum. When it all gets up to speed, it plays nicely. The pulley in your case is most likely locked to the shaft with a square section key. Once these develop a little movement, they rock the key and deform it, allowing the pulley to move a small amount separately. This can make considerable noise as it amplifies through the whole machine. Also it can totally appear to come from somewhere else than where it really is.
Posted on Aug 03, 2007
Is the waher sitting on a solid surface? Front loaders can not be put on wooden platforms unless they are very sturdy ad built well. Most knocking problems with front loaders are due to where they are installed..since you are familier with the front panel removal, remove it and then put the washer in the spin cycle. Then watch the unit spin and make sure there are no struts in the bottom that are broken or have seperated from the top half. If there is a broken strut you will need to replace it.
Posted on Jul 22, 2007
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